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# Consider the parabola whose focus at (0,0) and tangent at vertex is x−y+1=0. The length of chord of a parabola on the x−axis is

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82
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32
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## The correct option is A 4√2 The distance between the focus and the tangent at the vertex is |0−0+1|√12+12=1√2 The directrix is the line parallel to the tangent at vertex and at a distance 2×1√2 from the focus. Let the equation of the directirx be, x−y+λ=0 So, ∣∣ ∣∣λ√12+12∣∣ ∣∣=2√2 ⇒λ=2 Let P(x,y) be any moving point on the parabola. Then, OP=PM x2+y2=(x−y+2√12+12)2 ⇒2x2+2y2=(x−y+2)2 ⇒x2+y2+2xy−4x+4y−4=0 Latus rectum length =2× (Distance of focus from directrix) =2∣∣∣0−0+2√12+12∣∣∣=2√2 Solving the parabola with the x-axis, x2−4x−4=0 ⇒x=4±√322=2±2√2 Therefore, the length of chord on the x-axis is 4√2  Suggest Corrections  0      Similar questions
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